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Important American Paintings - September 2010
 
 
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John J. Eyers
(Active 1849–1868)
Still Life with Grapes and Mellon, 1849
Oil on canvas, 24 7/8 × 29 7/8 inches
Signed and dated lower right: "J. Eyers. 1849"

RS 5132


The only thing known about John J. Eyers is that he exhibited four still life compositions at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1868. At that time he was listed as living at 108 South Fourth Street in Philadelphia. The fact that Eyers’s work bears a strong similarity to that of the German-born still life specialist Severin Roesen (c. 1816–c. 1872) suggests that he was familiar with that artist. Although it appears that Eyers took pains to represent a wide variety of grape types in this composition, he was using artistic license for decorative purposes. The vine is identifiably American, but the appearance of the berries is too wide ranging to be one single variety. The differently colored grape clusters would not be attached to a single vine, or one variety of vine.1

Note

1. I am indebted to Eric Miller of Chaddsford Winery for this information.



  


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